Scientific & Technical Communication Student Profile
Name: Kari Svedsen
Anticipated Graduation Year: 2014
Hometown: Eagan, MN
How and why did you choose your major?
I found the Scientific and Technical Communication Major (S&TC) through major exploration in the OUE 2100 course. I choose S&TC because it was a combination of all of the majors that interested me (communication, writing, and science).
Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.
In this major, writing and rhetoric are emphasized. S&TC student learns how to present, through writing or presentation, complex and scientific information in an understandable and more simplistic manner. Some of my favorite courses have been Web Design, Usability and Human Factors, Scientific and Technical Presentations, and Writing and Modern Cultural Movements. Personally, as a student who is not the best at science, the biggest challenge is understanding complex material or finding resources to help you understand.
What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)
I am part of the University of Minnesota- S&TC group on LinkedIn. Also, my classmates and I facilitated a Usability Study for the Hennepin County Library.
In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?
Students pursuing S&TC should register for courses in a variety of departments. The cool thing about S&TC is that what you learn is applicable to many colleges and majors, so you have the opportunity to explore many departments at the U.